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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2011
A delicious and interesting brew! Oddly, not much in the aroma department outside of some sweet fruit, malt and yeast. Flavor was complex with tart and sweet wine grapes bursting through the Belgian yeast and malt. You could taste the different ingredients throughout each sip, finishing with a dry, satisfying, and somewhat sweet end. Never thought this could be accomplished so well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
wasnt a terribly exciting beer but it wasnt bad at the same time. some spices kept it interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (474) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours cloudy copper with a medium beige head, very fine clinging lacing. Fruity and malty aromas, biscuit, grass, grape, spice, and a hint of bubblegum. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Medium sweet, some citrus, light bitter finish. Malty notes linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (470) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber pour 2nd installment in 09-12 tasting..quite light color compared to 09..has some vinous notes in the nose to coincide with the Belgian triple action..nose is slightly sweet with rum butter quality..good offering totally different than 09 to say the least..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a bright gold with less than a finger of white head that quickly dissipated. Plenty of fruit in the aroma as well as a bit of floral spice. Fairly light bodied for the abv. The grapes are really upfront. The chamomile lingers in the finish. Very white wine like. Fairly dry. Not a lot of hop presence. Interesting beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it our again. My wife, who is more of a wine lover, really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Pour is a light orange color with a small white head. Nose is very much of citrus, with some grapefruit and orange, and some hop notes. Flavor is sharp from all the citrus and then fades into the hops. It took some warming up to, but in the end I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
On tap @ sierra BGBB ’10 from notes. Really interested to try something with grapes added. Pours out a nice sharp golden hue, fluffy white head, great retention. Belgian yeasty aromas, orange citrus, really zesty. Palate is smooth, slight sweetness in the finish, the orange citrus is bright. You can tell very much that this is a belgian ale, but not that it is 9.5.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eManu (440) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
Pours a pale gold orange yellow, with a thin white ring around. Aroma of sweet and sour grapes, hops and malts. Flavors of grapes, hops and citrus. This is too sweet, the ending is not well balanced, as the sweetness of the ripe grapes takes over. long unplasant tart sweetness in mouth. Would not get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours gold with slight rustiness and a quick white head. Nose is big with apple-based malt, some hoppiness, and a decent dose of herbs and spice. Flavor is typical of an abbey tripel with a slight herbal quality. This is the first ale from Stone I’ve had that isn’t loaded down with hops...the hop content is actually quite low in this one. The finish is bready. This isn’t the best tripel/belgian strong I’ve had and not Stone’s best stuff but it’s definately good and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (418) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Grape and eucalyptus floral spices. Hazy gold. Honey vegetal taste. Grassy finish but not really bitter. Eucalyptus

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